My heart for giving back began in the fifth grade, when the Bible study I was a part of volunteered to help at a local food pantry. It was that day that I was introduced to the world outside of the “Williamson County Bubble.” I realized how many people are in need, not just in the big cities, but everywhere: even in my small suburban town. As people came in and we filled their bags with cans of vegetables and boxes of rice and cereal, we were able to have some pretty incredible conversations with them. It really opened my eyes as to how fortunate I am to have the things that I have; a warm bed, roof over my head and food on my table.  I realized in this instant that instead of letting that sweater that didn’t fit me right sit in my closet all winter long, I could give it to someone who truly needed it.

I am truly excited about Threads of Care. Our mission is to make a difference in the lives of teens in need, not only providing them with clothing and services, but also uplifting them, and helping them realize how cared for and appreciated they really are. I cannot wait to see how many lives this organization changes for the better, and I am so incredibly happy that I get to help make that happen. As the President of the Independence High School chapter,  I am so happy to be a part of Threads of Care! I’ve always had the desire to help people, and I feel that this organization is a way for not only me, but our entire community, to give back and help those less fortunate.